NightWatch: An Equinox Guide to Viewing the Universe

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Or so it may seem next week when the Leonid meteor shower rains down thousands of shooting stars. NightWatch, from astronomy writer and broadcaster Terrence Dickinson, is your guide to watching not just the meteor shower but also everything else you can see in the dark sky.
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Overview

Or so it may seem next week when the Leonid meteor shower rains down thousands of shooting stars. NightWatch, from astronomy writer and broadcaster Terrence Dickinson, is your guide to watching not just the meteor shower but also everything else you can see in the dark sky.
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The Sky Is Falling!

This year's Leonid meteor storm will be one of the most impressive celestial displays you're likely to witness. Thousands of dust, ice, and rock particles will flash brilliant white as they bounce off or burn up in the upper atmosphere.

But there is plenty to see the rest of the year (and between meteors). NightWatch is a large-format, colorfully illustrated, and clearly explained guide to the night sky. It ranges from chapters on picking the right equipment for stargazing to complex charts of the major constellations. It tells you what things are up there and where to find them, which, given the fact that the earth keeps moving, is no easy trick.

Terence Dickinson has built a career as a successful science reporter, explaining the night sky to a generation of amateur astronomers. His strength is his gift to explain clearly and with an infectious passion.

This edition of NightWatch expands on the successful format of the first two (which have sold 275,000 copies) with new photographs and improved charts. And with its spiral binding, it is a practical guide to take out to the field with you.
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Library Journal
Van Holt, who teaches stargazing courses at the University of Kansas, explains how anyone living between southern Canada and northern Mexico (basically between latitudes 30 and 50 degrees) can learn to identify star formations and constellations without using complicated charts and equipment. Incorporating outdoor survival techniques with science, legends, and the myths surrounding the constellations, he teaches readers how to tell the difference between planets, comets, satellites, and stars and how to use star patterns to determine time and direction. By combining humor with fact, he has created an entertaining illustrated guide to the nighttime skies. Recommended for larger public libraries. For beginning skywatchers and amateur astronomers who want more substance, Dickinson's Nightwatch--the standard guide since its 1983 publication--is the book to read. Newly revised and updated, this edition claims to allow for use through the year 2010. Dickinson, an award-winning science writer specializing in astronomy, explains how to find constellations, differentiate galaxies, and identify the location of stars according to seasons. He also discusses equipment, including what criteria to use for selecting a telescope, and includes information about astronomy on the Internet, computerized telescopes, astrophotography, and tips for stargazers using binoculars. With a completely updated and revised text and more than 100 new diagrams and color photographs, Dickinson ensures that his guide will retain its position as a classic. Essential for all public and college library astronomy collections.--Gloria Maxwell, Kansas City P.L.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up--This long-overdue update of a classic handbook for amateur astronomers combines a text both meaty and hard to put down with a great array of charts, boxes, tables, and dazzling full-color photos of the sky. Aiming this offering at new but serious hobbyists, Dickinson guides readers on a tour of the universe visible from any dark backyard, providing frank evaluations of many telescope models; specific advice for photographers; and a simple system for locating stars, constellations, nebulae, and other intriguing sights. Convenient charts track upcoming eclipses and the locations of the five planets visible to the naked eye (both through the year 2010). The author closes with lists of supplementary resources, including books, software, Web sites, and conventions. Dickinson's contagious enthusiasm and vast expertise earn this a place in reference and circulating collections of any size.--John Peters, New York Public Library
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A revision of a 1983 book (previous edition, 1987). Abundantly illustrated. Spiral bound. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780920656891
  • Publisher: Camden House Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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